We’ve got a number of Baieido incenses coming up for review here in the near future. I’m working on a batch of moderns and realized that Baieido’s new Koh kind of stuck out like a sore thumb in that group as it’s quite traditional. It’s a combination of sandalwood, clove, cinnamon, borneol and other natural herbs and like many Baieido traditional incenses, it’s a delightful and balanced blend of woods and spices.
In particuar, Koh really nails it with the cinnamon and clove notes. Previous Baieido incenses like the Syukohkoku series shows a company who really knows how to bring out the best qualities from their spices. Koh is almost like a slice of cinnamon toast, sugary and spicy and at times it even reminds me of the aroma of a fresh cinnamon stick, although the clove does change things up slightly. I don’t detect the borneol except for a light note and the sandalwood almost seems lost with all the spice, but that’s generally to the stick’s benefit here – it only acts as a base.
Overall Baieido Koh’s an affordable ($10 for 40 sticks), quality spice blend well worth checking out for the cinnamon lover and a welcome new addition to a fine line of traditional incenses.
Edit 6/17: Apparently Koh is the same incense as Sawayaka Kobunboku, based on a post on Alice’s Restaurant